Millions of families with children— those who don’t belong to the affluent upper crust, and even some of those who do—are having a tough time in America today. Their problems deserve a place on our national agenda, and policies designed to help them should be debated as part of the election campaign. Child care is a major part of the problem. Another part is the welfare system and the whole question of single parenthood and what to do about it.
The Democrats need a family policy. The right already has one: outlaw abortion, inject religiosity into the public schools, ban text-books that show females as carpenters and males vacuuming the family living room. The unifying idea of the right is a desire to slow down and if possible reverse the move to new roles for women and the resultant changes in the family....
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